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As a non-scholarly, interpretive source, I found an article on canadianshakespeares.ca that explored the sexuality behind sonnet 29. They used the example of Rufus Wainwright (why this particular pop star keeps popping up in my analysis, I will never be sure) and how he explores Shakespeare in his work as a gay artist. His claim is that "Shakespeare can destabilize dominant understandings of gender". Sonnet 29 is helpful in this analysis of Shakespeare because of the first person perspective that the sonnet entails. It is assumed, in the article, that Shakespeare is dedicating this sonnet to a "fair-complexioned man", which supports the idea that Shakespeare, in fact, writing this in an attempt to destabilize the gender norms in his day and age. The article further states that we can continually use Shakespeare to achieve this end.
My audio-visual source was hard to find at first, but upon further inspection, I found this amazing rendition of one of my favorite singers putting music to the sonnet. Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) sang this for a Rufus Wainwright album. It helped me see the sonnet through a different perspective. It's actually quite a hopeful melody- not sad or dreary at all. Every time I've read the poem, it's been in a rather sad and dreary tone in my head, but this helped me understand that it may actually be a hopeful message throughout the poem, and not just in the volta.
As a social source, I talked to my friend Kaitlyn (also a member of this class) about the sonnet and what it really meant. We discussed how Shakespeare is perhaps suggesting that you need a love in your life in order to find happiness because without love life is drudgery. We talked about whether or not this a hopeful and appealing idea or one that is a little bit depressing. On one hand, the idea of life without love is a terrible thought, but on the other, the idea of being doomed in life if you never find love isn't that appealing of a thought, either. We were comparing it to sonnet 50 with these thoughts in mind.
|This basically describes my researching method- chocolate milk and quickly devoured food.|